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Bandarawela Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A great location combined with well-kept colonial architecture and good service makes this a super choice for a short stop or a longer stay. With many other interesting places like Ella, Haputale and Horton Plains easily accessible, the excellent dining and other facilities makes this Hotel an easy choice for a memorable holiday. The beautiful garden in bloom for the April season is a bonus in itself.

A lovely old hotel in pleasant grounds. Good sized rooms with antique furniture including comfortable brass bedsteads. Wash basin in the room bath and shower en suite, old but fully functional. The evening meal and breakfast were perfectly acceptable buffets. I was with a small tour group.

While i was waiting for my shoes to be repaired a wandered up to the Bandarawela Hotel which was located at about the highest point in the town. The 33 room hotel was opened in 1894 and after talking to the receptionist she had no objection in me looking around. It was originally a tea planters club before being converted to a sanitarium for British soldiers. In 1938 it was converted into a hotel and most of the furniture is from that period. The garden is beautifully landscaped and there are tables and chairs so the guests can sit outside.

This hotel is situated at the heart of Bandarawela, and full of old colonial charm, with baths on legs and ancient looking but adequate showers. The food in the restaurant was good but service slow. No pool but a pleasant garden to sit in with mongooses chasing nearby. A very pleasant place to spend the night

The hotel has hardly changed since it was built by the British. Everything has been carefully preserved, even down to the brass bedsteads. Everything is still in working order so enjoy the experience. We had the usual Sri Lankan buffet dinner, a cocktail before bed and a good breakfast.

Beautiful Colonial Hotel with many original features retained. The rooms are stunning, bath with original brass taps. Like entering a bygone era, wonderful. It has a restaurant with the usual Sri Lankan buffet, all good and a bar with a cocktail list. It is located in town, the town is very bustling and interesting to have a walk around. Wifi. Efficient service.

we live near this hotel, more families come here, i like to recomend this place for families, and the safety place, you have wife facilities and bar facilities. good for all people. This has good views as well.

The hotel was built during British time and you can feel it everywhere, while taking a shower in an ancient bath with shower, or turning the water, or while having a drink in the bar or walk around or sitting on the lawn with thousands of birds flying around and hearing the traffic noise. What I find great is that the spirit is conserved while well maintained overall. The food that is offered for breakfast and dinner is also good, staff helpful and conditions really good. I would say that from my 2 week trip, this hotel had the best spirit.

Two nights at the Bandarawela Hotel proved to be one of the highlights of my time in Sri Lanka. The hotel is a wonderful throwback to the 1930s and its not hard to imagine its past life as a tea planters club (established 1893) as you wander the balconies, relax in the lounge or have a drink in the bar. Photographs around the building showing the hotel's past colonial life are fascinating. The interior decoration of the rooms is also straight out of the 1930s (along with the light switches, plumbing and just about everything else) but gets the balance between historical delight and comfort just right. A flat screen tv is one of the few concessions to the 21st century. The bathroom offered the promise of a stand alone bathtub with the most marvelous taps but sadly no bath plug. A bolted door in the bathroom was apparently once used by the staff to bring the hot water for the evening bath! The food produced by the kitchens for the breakfast and dinner buffets was quite superb.

We loved this hotel, full of old world charm with its colonial era architecture and decor, its uniformed staff and lovely gardens. The cleanliness was impeccable. The food was first class. Full of character, it was a real experience staying here. We would definitely stay again if we ever come this way in the future.

No. 14, Welimada Road Bandarawela

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Business center

Bandarawela Hotel is located 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from Kinellan Tea Factory and 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from Uva Halpewaththa Tea Factory. This 33-room, 3-star resort has a restaurant, free self parking, and a conference center. It's in the mountains and also within a 20-minute drive of Nine Arches Bridge and Ella Rock.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is available for a fee.


All 33 recently renovated rooms provide free bottled water, ceiling fans, and phones. For entertainment, guests can enjoy TVs. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries.

Property features

Bandarawela Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a business center. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can help secure valuables, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, a garden, and a porter/bellhop.

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Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 460 reviews